Ideas and views from across the left
Professor Tracy Shildrick, 26 Jun 2015
Although spared the embarrassment of a sharp rise in child poverty, the stagnation of the figures announced yesterday exposes this government's callous and listless approach to combating child poverty. Professor Tracy Shildrick outlines the scale of preventable child poverty.
Henry Stewart, 22 Jun 2015
The academisation of British schools is nothing more than ideology. There is no evidence that it drives up standards.
Duncan Bowie, 19 Jun 2015
A new report from SHOUT (Social Housing Under Threat) and National Federation of ALMOS urges the government to abandon its hands-off approach to housing.
17 Jun 2015
On 13 June the Guardian published a letter from 79 leading economists condemning the Chancellor’s plans to legislate for a permanent budget surplus. The letter was coordinated by Class, and has gathered a range of prominent signatories from across academia and economics.
Geoff Tily, 11 Jun 2015
Is it possible that anybody thinks the budget surplus law apparently to be announced in the Mansion House speech is about anything other than politics?
Ellie O’Hagan, 9 Jun 2015
Last week, George Osborne decided to sell off the remaining 30% of Royal Mail that still belongs to the public. Ellie O'Hagan outlines here why it's economically illiterate to sell off a profitable public asset for a one-off windfall and why privatisation of public assets has largely been a mistake across the world.
Daniel Wilson Craw, 5 Jun 2015
However politicians might like to characterise landlords, the fact remains: renters need decent, affordable homes now - and the housing market has not delivered.
Professor Keith Ewing, John Hendy QC, 5 Jun 2015
John Hendy QC and Prof Keith Ewing provide a detailed update on TTIP ahead of the vote in the European Parliament next week.
Michael Jopling, 4 Jun 2015
Failing? Coasting? The new Education and Adoption Bill will entrench academisation and further disempower publicly accountable local authorities.
Moussa Haddad, 4 Jun 2015
Child benefit has been an important tool in reducing child poverty. On its own, however, it cannot stem the rising tide of child poverty. Amid plans to freeze the entitlement for 2 more years and the ominous £12 billion cuts to welfare spending, Moussa Haddad outlines what is needed to protect children.
Carlos Vacas, Enrique Fernández-Macías, 29 May 2015
In the years before the financial crisis of 2008, there was a significant reduction of overall EU wage inequality, driven by economic convergence between rich and poor Member States. The 2008 crisis reversed the trend, expanding pre-existing wage differentials between countries. The impact of the crisis on wage inequalities within countries has also been very different across the EU.
Don Flynn, Frances O’Grady, Ines Newman, Carolyn Jones, Professor Prem Sikka, Geraldine Blake, 27 May 2015
Six experts give their reactions to today's announcements in the Queen's Speech
Don Flynn, 26 May 2015
It's time we changed our view of undocumented migrants. Often the victims of unbearable conditions at home, migrants are not criminals.
Professor Stephen J Ball, 19 May 2015
Author and academic Stephen Ball believes that the biggest area of concern in UK education is about the academisation of the school system – an agenda that Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has reiterated her support for, announcing that under a new education bill failing schools could be forced into taking on academy status.
Rebecca Winson, 8 May 2015
It might seem hopeless at the moment, but there are some basic things we can all do to work through this. Wallowing in political pity or booking the next flight out of here is not going to feed the hungry.
Dr Daniel Kenealy, 6 May 2015
In this essay Daniel Kenealy argues that real political and representative reform will take a long time to enact, but there is much that can be done in the first 100 days of any ‘progressive’ government to start this important process.
Gemma Moss, 5 May 2015
As part of the First 100 Days series Prof Gemma Moss outlines what a progressive government will need to do to transform education into a fairer, less unequal system. A flourishing education system depends upon forging strong partnerships between educators, young people, their families and their communities; those who research education in its diverse forms; and those who organise and system-manage it, in pursuit of a shared vision of the common good.
Stewart Lansley, 5 May 2015
As part of the First 100 Days series Stewart Lansley sets out how a progressive government could create a more equal society. This requires a multiple strategy, some measures to be implemented in the first 100 days and some changes set in place to take shape over a longer time span.
Oliver Hayes, 3 May 2015
Oliver Hayes how a progressive government could define a green agenda within their First 100 Days of power. He argues that we need a government to set a vision for a valued and thriving environment.
Beccie Ions, 2 May 2015
In this essay Beccie Ions, as part of our First 100 Days series, outlines what a progressive government should do to invest in a future for young people. Beccie argues that it’s no secret that young people feel alienated from politics, and as the election edges closer it is important to look at what policies young people might wish to see from the next parliament.